The 2014 Festival: Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

The Rochester Literature Festival is proud to present its second annual festival, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know.

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We’re delighted to be opening this year with an hilarious and heart-warming one woman show with actress Sunny Ormonde – the outrageous Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap.

Over the course of the next ten days, we’ll be joined by as-seen-on-tv-off-his-trolley comic genius Phil Kay, master of freeform performance and storytelling, and notorious Australian, Trenton Oldfield - who served six months at her Majesty’s Pleasure for disrupting the 2012 Boat Race in a protest against elitism.

We will be hosting two wonderful authors who’ll fascinate you with insights and anecdotes from their latest books: Angela Buckley introduces us to The Real Sherlock Holmes – Detective Jerome Caminada, whose methodologies mimicked Conan Doyle’s genius, and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, who will discuss the impact of reality on fiction. While No One Was Watching is set against the backdrop of the Kennedy assassination and the abduction of a young girl from the grassy knoll on that fateful day.

For families to enjoy together, we have Assassin, featuring the fantastic Joe Craig reading extracts from his Jimmy Coates series – part boy, part weapon, totally deadly – which will be interpreted with music by Alice composer, Jacob Bride, and exciting young street dance group CYC. Awesome Keeper of the Realms trilogy author, Marcus Alexander, who is Charlie’s Keeper, will entertain and inspire you with his delightfully wicked fantasy adventure series – get your read on!

Our interactive story game this year is Murder in the Crypt and will feature some of your favourite detectives. In addition, we’re holding a Cafe Crawl, where you can sample music, poetry, storytelling and more, in the company of, amongst others, former Canterbury Laureate Dan Simpson. Bookmark’d is a chance to buy books, swap books or just listen to books, read aloud by their authors.

Our Night at the Theatre will this year be held in conjunction with Chatham Grammar School for Boys and be presented by award winning 17% playwrights, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Sarah Hehir and Maggie Drury. The Spirit of My Dream is inspired by Byron’s poem The Dream and features new plays with a somewhat fantastical theme.

An exhibition curated by ME4Writers especially for the festival, An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics, has channelled Byron to produce work inspiring madness, badness and dangerousness in the hearts of artists. A live reading will bring the visual carnage to life!

Byron’s Teapot will be our finale – a mad mix of the unusual and quirky, featuring The James Worse Public Address Method, JP Lovecraft, Dylan Oscar Rowe and Brides of Rain.

Tickets are available here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our exciting – and only slightly scary – second full length festival!

Cafe Crawl

Cafe Crawl

Enjoy poetry, music and more, in the informal and chilled environment of some of Rochester High Street’s cosiest cafes. Further details will follow.

Saturday, 27th September 1pm – 5pm Free entry.

Cafe @172 (Dot Cafe), Bruno’s Bakes, La Toretta, Tiny Tims.

Byron’s Teapot

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A mad mix of the unusual and quirky is in order for the finale for this year’s festival.

It was Lady Caroline Lamb who gave Byron the lasting epitaph of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, and we know our line up for this final event will not disappoint.

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Assassin

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Jimmy Coates began life in Killer. He’s a boy with a secret that even he didn’t know about – until suddenly, his hidden skills are called upon and he finds out he can do some pretty cool stuff! Part boy, part weapon and totally deadly, we’ll be leading you through some of Jimmy’s most exhilarating moments as he fights for freedom and survival from the covert government department that created him.

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Who is Charlie’s Keeper?

Author Marcus Alexander

Get your read on with Charlie’s Keeper, aka Marcus Alexander, the celebrated children’s author!

His début novel ‘Crow’s Revenge’ was published in 2012, and is the first of his acclaimed Keeper of the Realms fantasy-adventure trilogy. We’re thrilled he’s joining us for an afternoon presentation as part of this year’s Festival.

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The Queen versus Trenton Oldfield – A Prison Diary

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We are delighted to host notorious Australian, Trenton Oldfield, in “The Queen versus Trenton Oldfield – A Prison Diary” on Saturday, September 27th. Trenton spent six months at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, following his arrest for disrupting the 2012 Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race, in a successful protest highlighting the culture of elitism that continues to create inequalities here and abroad.

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An Evening with Sunny Ormonde

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The opening event of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know will be “An Evening with Sunny Ormonde” – the outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap. Sunny has been touring this hilarious and heart-warming one-woman show for the past eighteen months, and we are delighted to host her at the Rochester Literature Festival.

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